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NMMA kicks off 2004 American Boating Congress

WASHINGTON – National Marine Manufacturers Association President Thom Dammrich opened the 2004 American Boating Congress this morning with the news that NMMA had recently approved a budget for its Political Action Committee of $160,000. In his introductory remarks to boating industry leaders at the Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in downtown Washington D.C., Dammrich said NMMA had doubled it’s PAC funding ...

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NMMA backs safety resolutions passed by NBSAC

WASHINGTON – The National Marine Manufacturers Association supports two resolutions recently passed by the National Boating Safety Advisory Council, recommending the U.S. Coast Guard initiate boating safety regulations and propose legislation, according to an NMMA press release on Friday. A boating safety course certification resolution and a personal floatation device resolution were passed by the NBSAC – a committee of ...

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FishingWorld.com, G3 Web sites win awards

LINDALE, Texas – FishingWorld.com, Inc. has been presented with the Crystal Award of Excellence for its Web site, the highest level of achievement, by the national Communicator Awards competition, the company said in a press release Friday. "It is gratifying to be recognized with this award, as we have undergone a complete redesign within the last two years," said Britt ...

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Paints & Coatings

As the marine industry goes, paints and coatings is not a segment that sees a great deal of volatility. Reversal of fortune and dramatic innovation can be somewhat out of place in a market where product registration can take up to three years, and sinking boat loads of money into research and development can be a risky proposition given the ...

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Scout: The Lexus of the boating industry?

If Dave Wallace has his way, all Scout boats on the water will look brand new – no matter how old they are. “You seldom see a dull, beat up Lexus on the road,” says the vice president of operations. “Ultimately, I would like to see a Scout boat, whether five years old or brand new, look the same.” Wallace ...

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Number of captive transomes rising

Larry Vandiver believes the boating industry was founded on an entrepreneurial spirit that encourages individualism. The Suzuki executive says the sale of Genmar’s aluminum boat brands to Brunswick Corp. violates that spirit by promulgating a “cookie-cutter” approach that will only damage the marketplace. By that, he is referring to the fact that Brunswick, which owns marine engine builder Mercury Marine, ...

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Imports/exports adjust to sound dollar

U.S. boat builders, start your engines. After hitting a 16-year high in March 2002, the value of the U.S. dollar against the Euro has fallen about 30 percent, returning to early 1997 levels. For those who export or are considering exporting, this means an improved ability to compete in foreign markets. Boat builders that don’t export may not care. But ...

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Crystal Clear

At 12 years old, Luke Kujawa had no idea what he was getting himself into. Gripping thousands of dollars in cash in his hands, he nervously finalized the first sale in his boat-selling career. Nearly 20 years later, the VP of sales and marketing at Crystal-Pierz Marine in Minnesota still has a firm hold on his family’s business. What’s more, ...

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Future bright for inboard and sterndrive markets

The number of gas-powered sterndrive and inboard models available is likely to shrink while diesel options are growing. Despite this trend, gas engines will continue to be the power of choice in the U.S. market – at least for now. With the exception of most outboards, gasoline powered marine engines are derived from the automotive industry. In the past, all ...

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DockMaster and boats.com form partnership

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – DockMaster Software has formed a partnership with boats.com, Inc. through which they will develop a modular Web-enabled extranet services dealer management system, boats.com reported in a statement today. The new boats.com/DockMaster Extranet Service is designed to significantly enhance OEM/brand communication with dealers, integration of brand and dealer Web sites and streamlining of OEM/dealer communications and transaction ...

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